as Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day really snuck up on us. I found myself running through
town like a mad woman on Wednesday gathering cards and teddy bears and baking
ingredients to get prepared. But we kept it real: store bought cards with matching pencils
for Isabelle and Brees to hand out to their friends and classmates. We sat around the
kitchen table after dinner and put them together, trying our hardest to keep Brees
from scribbling AKA coloring on every single card. They were very pleased with their
work. On Thursday, I sent the girls off to school and daycare with their special treats,
all decked out in pink, and promised them good things when we all got home that night.
My patients all loaded me down with love: I received homegrown oranges, handmade
cards, and glow in the dark rings for the girls. Working on a holiday as a nurse is
incredibly rewarding as patients shower you with love and appreciation. Each and
every house I went to that day reminded me of how thankful they were for my service. It
was incredibly enlightening. When I got home from work, I was bombarded with hugs
and kisses and cards dripping in glitter. Shawn and I sent the girls outside to play so that
we could set the kitchen table with all their special treats: cotton candy, little boxes
of chocolate, singing cards (they are OBSESSED with singing cards) and lots of stickers.
When they came inside, their little shrieking voices said it all: Thank you, Mommy
and Daddy!! I was the happiest Valentine of all when my sweet husband surprised me with
the most amazing waffle iron, something I've wanted for a long time. He even bought
an array of toppings so that we could have a waffle supper extravaganza. We made a ton
of waffles with strawberries and bananas and ate until we were ready to pop. Then we
made brownies and had ice cream, too. It was Valentine's Day, after all. Bed time was a
breeze that night as the girls were in a complete sugar coma. And I fell asleep on the chest
of the man I love, in a home filled with peace. It was a really wonderful day.